Public meeting held to raise support in keeping Hamilton County ambulance service

Source: Austin Miller, NBC Nebraska, August 12, 2016

Dozens of Hamilton County community members are voicing their concerns about a plan to privatize the county’s ambulance service. More than 40 people attended a town meeting Thursday night in Giltner to show their support for the current ambulance service. The meeting was organized by the Giltner Fire Department, which opposes the county’s proposal. Last week county commissioners proposed a plan to privatize the service and said they believe can save the county money. … During Thursday’s meeting, members of the ambulance service spoke about the concerns they have. One of which is that while the county could save money up front, they believe a private company could take away all of the county’s ambulance equipment and leave, if the company doesn’t find the area profitable. … Barbara Preissler said she’s willing to pay the tax to keep the current ambulance service said she’s worried about the quality of care a private service could provide.. …